Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Chase Elliott Wins at Dover

Chase Elliott Wins at Dover

"We're looking very hard at what the future of sports betting is going to look like for our sport as all sports are", Phelps said.

Chase Elliott took the lead by restarting on old tires after a caution flag waved with eight laps to go, held it through an overtime restart and went on to win Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Raceway. Elliott was passed by victor Kyle Busch with two laps left in the race and fell to 0 for 70 in his career.

The top eight drivers after the next two races move on to the next round and Almirola, Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman are the bottom four after the first playoff race in the round of 12.

"We had a penalty there early and fell behind, but luckily we had a good enough auto and a good enough strategy to come back", Elliott said after thanking his team owner Rick Hendrick.

Elliott was greeted in victory lane with a hug from team owner Rick Hendrick and retired star Jeff Gordon also was there to congratulate the winning driver.

"I think for '19, we'll have some rules that we'll put in place", Phelp. Elliott earned an automatic berth into the next round of the NASCAR Cup playoffs.

Though he eventually regained the lost lap as the highest-scored lapped vehicle under caution for debris on Lap 339, Harvick couldn't climb higher than sixth place before the race ended in overtime with Chase Elliott the victor. The other came on the Watkins Glen road course. But when a slew of issues took Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer late, Elliott was there in the No. 9 Chevrolet to pounce.

Busch and Harvick lead NASCAR with seven wins as the series shifts into the second round of the playoffs.

Denny Hamlin was second, followed by playoff driver Joey Logano.

The race victor earns an automatic berth into the round of eight of NASCAR's playoffs.

For Kevin Harvick, Sunday was a case of a dominating drive turning into disaster. Harvick swept the first two stages, as he had done during his June victory at the Monster Mile and appeared headed for another ideal afternoon, but the 2014 series champion had to return to pit road under green for an extra tire change after a flying lug nut knocked the valve stem off Harvick's left rear tire. Eventually advancing to finish sixth, Harvick was short on words after leading 286 laps. "I guess that makes up for the bad luck of losing the race with an absolute dominant vehicle". The only laps Elliott led were the last 11. His No. 48 Chevrolet was forced to the garage at Dover during the pace laps because of mechanical woes and he finished 36th.

Johnson's bid for a record eighth NASCAR Cup title ended last week when he was eliminated from the playoffs.

Phelps, recently promoted to president, said some of the language in the 2019 rulebook could include rules prohibiting drivers and team members from betting on NASCAR.

Elliott had 12-1 odds in the first-ever race where legalized sports betting happened at the track.

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